Inclusive Communities

Housing is fundamental to achieving economic stability, better health outcomes, and thriving families and communities.

But systemic racism in the policies and laws that drive housing development and community investment result in skyrocketing rents, substandard living conditions, and continuing segregation of Black and Brown communities. We advocate at the local, state, and national levels to address the crisis in affordable housing in America, to enforce equal opportunity for housing, and to fight for tenants’ rights to healthy homes and neighborhoods.

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Our Insights

A statement from the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

While natural disasters do not discriminate, their long-term impact disproportionately falls on low-income communities of color.

Crime-free nuisance ordinances do not make communities safer.

The United States is facing a lead crisis on a national scale — and it’s harming low-income children of color the most.

Our Impact

New report describes an urgent and ongoing environmental and health crisis for many families living in affordable housing.

A proposed rule would upend the longstanding legal standard of disparate impact.


Jul 2020

A collection of readings, research, and tools to help guide an understanding of structural racism.

Jul 2020

Illinois landlords cannot threaten or evict tenants because of their immigration status

Jul 2020

Housing protections for justice-involved people in Illinois

Mar 2020

Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 2018

The policy of aldermanic prerogative has hindered development of affordable housing and racial integration in the City of Chicago

Attorneys and Specialists

Kate Walz
Kate Walz
Kate Walz
Vice President of Advocacy, Senior Director of Litigation, & Director of Housing Justice

Shriver Center on Poverty Law


Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Marie Claire Tran-Leung
Director, Legal Impact Network


Emily Coffey
Emily Coffey
Emily Coffey
Staff Attorney, Housing Justice, Goldberg Kohn Foundation/Fred Cohen Fellow


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